Air Conditioner & Heater Seasonal Tips
As a homeowner or renter it is always a good idea to periodically check around your home and it’s equipment to ensure everything is in good repair. This is favorable as it can allow for lower overall maintenance costs by catching things before they break or patching things up before they become leaks.
Get the most out of your equipment and lower your heating and cooling bills by doing some simple things in and around your home. Additionally, a smooth running system will allow your equipment to work less at working right and use more of it’s energy consumption to work as intended, ie, cooling or heating the home. This efficient running system is also referred to as The Whole House Approach.
Building a new home or renovating an existing home’s equipment to be efficient takes meticulous planning. The Whole House approach addresses the home as a whole, although being comprised of individual parts (a/c, heater, insulation, ducting, etc.) it is the concept of how all the equipment will work as one to allow for the most efficient outcome. Or getting the most comfort and highest efficiency from your HVAC system.
If you have any doubts about the efficiency or effectiveness of your air conditioning unit, have it inspected by Four Seasons Heating & Air Conditioning. We can make all necessary adjustments to your unit to ensure that it is in optimal condition.
Heating and Cooling Tips
- Set your programmable thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer, and — depending on the season — raise or lower the setpoint when you’re sleeping or away from home.
- Clean or replace filters on furnaces and air conditioners once a month or as recommended.
- Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed; make sure they’re not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
- Eliminate trapped air from hot-water radiators once or twice a season; if unsure about how to perform this task, contact a professional.
- Place heat-resistant radiator reflectors between exterior walls and the radiators.
- Turn off kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing; when replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models.
- During winter, keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
- During summer, keep the window coverings closed during the day to block the sun’s heat.
- By using ceiling fans and box fans you can circulate the cool air quicker and help out your air conditioning unit.
- Move drapes, pots, and furniture away from vents so that the air can free flow to reach more area.
- Your attic needs to be properly ventilated to ensure correct and efficient airflow. Good attic ventilation can reduce heating and cooling costs by 10-12 percent.
Long-Term Savings Tips
Select energy-efficient products when you buy new heating and cooling equipment. Your contractor should be able to give you energy fact sheets for different types, models, and designs to help you compare energy usage.
For furnaces, look for high Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings. The national minimum is 78% AFUE, but there are ENERGY STAR® models on the market that exceed 90% AFUE. For air conditioners, look for a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The current minimum is 13 SEER for central air conditioners. ENERGY STAR models are 14.5 SEER or more.